Our goal to travel somewhere new every month in 2019 was both exciting and challenging, as most goals prove to be. We had to balance our more expensive adventures with those we could make cheaper by exploring nearby destinations. We knew we still wanted to be able to visit National Parks, despite this attempt to maintain a budget, and so comes Cuyahoga National Park.
We started our day with the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad train ride. The views are really pretty, despite having rather brown scenery during our Mach visit.
The train ride took us through the park and then back to Peninsula Depot where our car was parked. This was perfect so we could head to the falls and other trails we had planned. We were able to visit some of the main attractions on the park including Crazy Man’s Hollow, Brandywine Falls, Blue Hen Falls and The Ledges.
Each spot has its own creative aspect that makes the park special and made our visit wonderful. We REALLY loved our hike to Crazy Man’s Hollow. We had to walk on a path that wasn’t a managed, and this was so much fun. We had to climb around the creek, fallen down trees and some slippery spots within out path. The end destination was really beautiful, and the pictures don’t accurately represent how small you feel while surrounded by this cave like formation.
Brandywine Falls are the must-see attraction at Cuyahoga Valley National Park. The path to get to these falls is really easy to follow and the views are well worth it.
We wanted to end the day at The Ledges Overlook. However, while we were searching for this trail, we came across something called Icebox Trail. This was a HUGE win as this became one of our favorite parts of this park.
We had so much fun exploring all the small passageways, some of which were initially frightening not knowing what was hidden behind the rocks. With the exception of a few spider friends, we were alone on this trail, but if you come with a group, it would be a great place for an epic game of hide-and-seek.
After our surprise hiking find, we walked over to The Ledges Overlook to watch the sunset. As soon as the sun went down, we could feel the temperature drop, so we quickly went back to the car to assess our adventure.